30 Jan 2015
in Art, Music, Science, Technology, Television
Tags: Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Milk Products Media, Possessed By Paul James, Roku, Sia, Taylor Swift, The Roots Channel, Todd Tue, Vevo
A few months ago I bought my first flatscreen tv. I cancelled the cable subscription, upped the internet juice, and switched to Roku. I cannot recommend it enough. There are bazillions of free channels, and one that I pay a small monthly fee for: The Roots Channel which is the epicenter of music performances, documentaries, lessons, and culture. For pop music videos, there is a great channel called Vevo. I’m catching up on what people are into and it’s fantastic. I am Taylor Swift’s newest fan. Her videos are gorgeous; her music is fun. There are so many great videos with dancing in them, like the new Sia, and it makes me want more dance in our genre.
Director Todd Tue must have been thinking the same thing. His love of color and contrast and dance present this song as it feels, and it’s beautiful. Music, art, dancing, and children are a recipe for my nomination for Video of the Year 2015 (and it’s only January!).
13 Sep 2014
Tags: Bobby Bare, Calamity Cubes, Cracker Swamp Productions, Hillgrass Bluebilly Records, Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band, Left Lane Cruiser, Matt Woods, Muddy Roots, Rachel Brooke, Rachel Kate, Sean Wheeler, Simone Kross, Ten Foot Polecats, Terry Harmonica Bean
The first year we all went to Muddy Roots (2011) will always hold the torch. Every year is different and this year might be my favorite.
I’m running through the highlights in my mind and the list is never-ending…
22 Jan 2014
in Brooklyn, Music
Tags: Adam Kowalski, City Winery, Elektra Records, Hank Williams Sr., Hank's Saloon, Hellbound Glory, Jac Holzman, JD Patch, Jeff Kazee, Jim Morrison, Leon Russell, music, Strand Smokehouse, The Doors
City Winery, January 2014, photo by Grayson Dantzic
In the best beginning of a year I could hope for, I got to watch the artists’ process for a week. Hellbound Glory played a bunch of shows booked near here, and I was happy to host them. I attended two performances and heard Leroy singing this and that off and on. Heaven. More
09 Dec 2013
in Art, Brooklyn, Music
Tags: Biggie, Carrie May, ChristyFestII, crème de la crème, Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Konrad Wert, Lone Wolf OMB, Olds Sleeper, Possessed By Paul James, Ten Foot Polecats, Valerie June
In tune with the weather, we saw a super storm of fantastic music in 2013. We’re going to be listening to these albums for years to come. I can’t bring myself to put these in order because they mean so many things; they’re not meant to be ranked.
Here are my crème de la crème of 2013:
Ok… there is one in another stratosphere: Possessed by Paul James. This entire album is a journey from the moment you hit play:
Hurricane (track 1) by Possessed by Paul James More
29 Oct 2013
Tags: Austin, Indpependent Music Awards, Konrad Wert, Nights When I’m Lonely, Possessed By Paul James, Texas, There Will be Nights When I'm Lonely
My first listen of There Will be Nights When I’m Lonely, I put on the good headphones, turned up the volume, and closed my eyes. Seconds into Hurricane I was in 110%. That’s his power. He’s our Shaman.
Konrad Wert is a teacher/father/singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas. His achievements include Teacher of the Year, an Independent Music Award for his songwriting, and devotion of fans all over. He is a music aficionado. It’s the sound, the rhythm, the texture. He’s aware of all that surrounds him and weaves it into the human condition. More
26 Oct 2013
in Gigs I've Seen, Music
Tags: Black Flag, Brownbird Rudy Relic, Buck Thraikill, Cracker Swamp Prodcutions, Dark Horse Brewing Co., friends, Gold Tone, Hellbound Glory, Jr., Left Hand Brewing, Lone Wolf OMB, Lonesome Liz, Muddy Roots, Nashville, Possessed By Paul James, Rachel Brooke, Ray Lawrence, Scotty Crow, Sean and Zander, Ten Foot Polecats, The Calamity Cubes, The Gladezmen, Triggerman
Another stellar Muddy Roots experience to recover from. Though I missed many who could not make it, the joy and magic is still there. Things could not have happened better. I spent the experience with close friends whom I’ve known for decades and ones I only see here. The serendipitous events of the weekend made it another amazing ride. More
08 Sep 2013
in Brooklyn, Gigs I've Seen, Music
Tags: Bell House, brooklyn ny, Hellbound Glory, Indian Larry, Muddy Roots, science club, Secret Science Club, Strand Smokehouse, Supersuckers, Webster Hall, youtube
A mere week after the magic of Muddy Roots 2013 (I’m still processing), Hellbound Glory full band plays one of my favorite venues, The Bell House (also home to my Secret Science Club) and he sang my favorite song, Showing Off Sure is Fun, that he was creating last time they played here. From him snapping his fingers in my kitchen, to a full band with a stadium riff sent me sailing. I wish I could have experienced it large scale. Seeing it at Muddy Roots is a close second. More